Jan. 18, 2009
The American University men's and women's indoor track teams competed at the Maryland Inivational on Saturday. The men's team was led by a pair of second-place finishes from sophomores Jeff Brannigan and Colin Eustis and a third-place showing from junior Dan King. Freshman Octavia Rinehardt posted an all-time top-10 performance in the mile run to lead the women's team.
Brannigan led a trio of top-10 finishers from AU in the mile run with a second-place finishing time of 4:15.62. Sophomore Conor Sullivan finished in sixth place in a time of 4:20.44 while freshman Josh Olsen took 10th in 4:22.95. Eustis finished second in the 3000 meter run in 8:38.07, ahead of classmate Garrett Martucci who took 11th in 9:00.62.
King ran to a third-place finish in the 800 meter run and moved into ninth place all-time at AU with a time of 1:56.85. Freshmen Chris Tonn and Alex Hula finished just behind King in fifth and sixth place, respectively, with times of 1:58.18 and 1:59.10.
The women's team was led by Rinehardt and junior Rachel Forcino. Rinehardt ran to a seventh-place showing in the mile run, posting a time of 5:13.14 which places her seventh on AU's all-time indoor top-10. Forcino placed sixth in the 3000 meter run in a time of 10:49.22, just missing 10th place on AU's all-time list.
The Eagles women's team also received top-20 finishes from junior Greta Wicklund
and sophomores Haleigh Duggan
and Melissa Tabas
. Wicklund and Duggan finished in 16th place and 18th place, respectively, in the mile run behind Rinehardt. Wicklund posted a time of 5:40.17 while Duggan finished in 5:41.85. Tabas placed 17th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:30.57.
AU's indoor track teams will compete again on Saturday, Jan. 31, as they split up between the GMU Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va., and the Thomson Invitational in Newark, Del.